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Cowboy Beans - "Damn Good Beans"

This recipe comes from Chef Patrick who has travelled the world using his culinary arts and learning new skills. There is more about Patrick on his Biography page (click here) and of course a lot more of his adventures on his own website, and I do mean adventures.To visit his website click here.

Chef Patrick had this comment about the recipe:

"My friends Jon Allsop and Captain Richard Friedman named these beans 'Damn Good Beans' one season on our run from Bellingham, WA up the inside passage to Alaska. Just before serving it is important to adjust the seasonings".


1 lb. sorted, cleaned Pinto Beans
1/2 lb Ham Hock or Salt Pork
1 1/2 Cup - diced Yellow Onion
2 Tablespoon Chipolte Sauce or Paste
4 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic
3 Tablespoons Cumin, ground
2 Tablespoons dark Chili Powder
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes
2 each Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon Thyme, dried
3 Tablespoon Ham Base
2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
12 Cups Water

  • Clean and sort beans. Cover beans with water in a heavy stock pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour. Drain water off beans.
  • While beans are cooling, diced onion, salt pork (if using) and garlic. Brown Salt Pork (if using) in skilled till brown and/or sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes to bring out flavor.
  • Combine all ingredients with beans in heavy stock pot and cook over high heat till beans are tender (approximately 3 - 4 hours), adding more water if necessary. I usually reduce the heat during the last half hour of cooking and stir frequently. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Chef Patrick